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Tanto Hira-Zukuri contemporary.

SKU: Tanto, Contemporary. $449.95
A contemporary Hira-Zukuri forged Tanto with a geometric gold and black lacquerd Tsuka and Saya. Inlayed detailing near the Koiguchi. Brass habaki. Blade - 30.4cm. long; Nakago - 7.8cm. long; Overall - 37cm. long. Tassel work at pommel. The blade is in "as new" condition without any rust or pitting. Very well crafted Tanto. A tant (, "short sword") is a common Japanese single- or double-edged knife or dagger with a blade length between 15 and 30 cm (6-12 inches, in Japanese 1 shaku). The tant was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon, but the edge can be used for slashing as well. Tant appeared in the Heian period, but these blades lacked aesthetic quality and were used purely as weapons. In the early Kamakura period high-quality artistic tant began to appear. Tant production increased greatly around the Muromachi period and then declined. Tant are generally forged in hira-zukuri, meaning that their sides have no ridge line and are nearly flat, unlike the shinogi-zukuri structure of a katana. Some tant have particularly thick cross-sections for armor-piercing duty, and are called yoroidoshi. Tant were mostly carried by samurai, as commoners did not generally wear them. Women sometimes carried a small tant called a kaiken in their obi primarily for self-defense. It was sometimes worn as the sht in place of a wakizashi in a daish, especially on the battlefield. Before the 16th century, it was common for a samurai to carry a tachi and a tant as opposed to a katana and a wakizashi. History of Tant in Japan: The tant was invented partway through the Heian period, when it was mainly used as a weapon. With the beginning of the Kamakura period, tant were forged to be more aesthetically pleasing, and hira and uchi-sori tant were the most popular styles. Near the middle of the Kamakura period, more tant artisans were seen, increasing the abundance of the weapon, and the kanmuri-otoshi style became prevalent in the cities of Kyoto and Yamato. Because of the style introduced by the tachi in the late Kamakura period, tant began to be forged longer and wider. The introduction of the Hachiman faith became visible in the carvings in the tant hilts around this time. The hamon (line of temper) is similar to that of the tachi, except for the absence of choji-midare, which is nioi and utsuri. Gunomi-midare and suguha are found to have taken its place. In Nambokucho, the tant were forged to be up to forty centimeters as opposed to the normal one shaku (about thirty centimeters) length. The tant blades became thinner between the uri and the omote, and wider between the ha and mune. At this point in time, two styles of hamon were prevalent: the older style, which was subtle and artistic, and the newer, more ostentatious style. With the beginning of the Muromachi period, constant fighting caused the mass production of blades, meaning that with higher demand, lower-quality blades were manufactured. Blades that were custom-forged still were of exceptional quality, but the average blade suffered greatly. As the end of the period neared, the average blade narrowed and the sori became shallow. Momoyama to the Early Edo Period Approximately two hundred fifty years of peace accompanied the unification of Japan, in which there was little need for blades. With weapon smiths given this time, both the katana and wakizashi were invented, taking the place of the tant and tachi as the most-used pair of weapons, and the number of tant forged was severely decreased. The only tant produced during this period of peace were copies of others from earlier eras. Late Edo Period There were still few tant being forged during this period, and the ones that were forged reflected the work of the Kamakura, Nambokucho, or Muromachi eras. Suishinshi Masahide was a main contributor towards the forging of tant during this age. Meiji to present Many tant were forged before World War II, due to the restoration of the Emperor to power. Members of the Imperial Court began wearing the set of tachi and tant once more, and the number of tant in existence increased dramatically. However, later on, a restriction on sword forging caused the number of tant being produced to fall very low.